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dangerous since president obama took office. in an apparent response, the presidential election team released an ad that harsh criticizes romney's foreign policy experience. but the president ignored romney's speech today during his visit to california. >>> election day is just a month away in virginia. senate race is one of the most highesprofile races in the country. tim kaine and george allen will be facing off in a debate tonight. live near richmond with a look at how each candidate hopes to gain an edge in this close contest. >> reporter: well, first you might get a little chuckle out of this. i'm standing alongside sesame street lined with campaign signs because a pbs station is televising the debate. it will also be shown in tv markets across virginia. that's why there's so much at stake tonight for tim kaine and george allen. both will try to win over the small percentage of undecided voters out there. this was the televised face-off between democrat tim kaine and republican george allen in fairfax county a few weeks ago. allen charged senator kaine would turn to tax hikes to
: in control, assertive. presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that impressionistically stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: at a rally in denver the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: later today at a huge rally in wisconsin, the president charged romney changed what he said on spending and taxes. >> he may do a tap dance and two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> i don't know, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it, and if he wants to make changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists say only that changed about their guy was his audience. >> a lot of people saw him for the first ti
. reporting live on capitol hill, i'm danielle lee, news 4. >> our team coverage of the presidential election takes us to opposite cornerses of virginia. while governor romney was in coal country in abington, president obama was in fairfax. the president talked about more than just jobs today. >> hello, patriots. >> reporter: in a performing arts hall filled mostly with women, the jobs report wasn't all president obama wanted to talk about. women's health care was another focus and the president's defense of what even he now proudly calls obama care. >> i don't think a working mom in arlington should have to wait to get a mammogram because money is tight. i don't think a college student in fairfax or charlottesville should have to choose between textbooks or the preventive care she needs. that's why we passed this law. i'm proud of it. >> reporter: in contrast a shaky debate performance the president energetically jabbed back at his opponent, accusing mitt romney of misleading americans by promising to repeal obama care. >> and then his campaign had to come out and say, actually, that's not t
. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds in florida. he's now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's done well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he's got the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008, two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back-and-forth on domestic issues w
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